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Exploring Culion’s Unique Currency

Culion Island holds more than just scenic beauty; it carries a unique piece of history intertwined with leprosy. One fascinating aspect is its old currency, reflecting the island’s past as a leper colony.
Within this community, a distinct currency emerged. Often referred to as “leprosy money,” these tokens served as a medium of exchange within the colony. These tokens were essential for trade and commerce among the residents.
While Culion Island has evolved beyond its leprosy colony days, the legacy of its unique currency lives on. The Culion Museum and Archives proudly display these artifacts, preserving the memory of a chapter in Philippine history often overlooked.
Culion’s old currency serves as a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. It stands as a testament to the strength and ingenuity of those who once called the island home, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Official Website of Culion Municipality, Province of Palawan